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Blog Tour Review - To Cage A God by Elizabeth May

 Blog Tour Review - To Cage A God by Elizabeth May To cage a god is divine. To be divine is to rule. To rule is to destroy. Using ancient secrets, Galina and Sera’s mother grafted gods into their bones. Bound to brutal deities and granted forbidden power no commoner has held in a millennia, the sisters have grown up to become living weapons. Raised to overthrow an empire―no matter the cost. With their mother gone and their country on the brink of war, it falls to the sisters to take the helm of the rebellion and end the cruel reign of a royal family possessed by destructive gods. Because when the ruling alurea invade, they conquer with fire and blood. And when they clash, common folk burn. While Sera reunites with her estranged lover turned violent rebel leader, Galina infiltrates the palace. In this world of deception and danger, her only refuge is an isolated princess, whose whip-smart tongue and sharp gaze threaten to uncover Galina’s secret. Torn between desire and duty, Galina mus

Review - The Shadow Order by Rebecca F John

Review - The Shadow Order by Rebecca F John

One year on from the day the shadows shifted and began to show, not people’s shapes but their truest selves, teenage friends Teddy, Betsy and Effie plan to risk all and watch the winter sun rise over Copperwell, in defiance of the Shadow Order.

But from their hidden vantage point the three shocked friends witness a mysterious woman shouting a dire warning, before being arrested, beaten and dragged away in handcuffs.

The event leads them on an extraordinary series of dangerous adventures as they discover more about the disturbance in the natural world surrounding Copperwell, battle to save their city and start to recognise their truest selves.

The Shadow Order is a really interesting and thought provoking fantasy novel filled with atmosphere. 

I found it quite scary how much of it seemed to reflect the country we're currently living in. The rich people are living comfortable lives in their fancy buildings, making more and more money while destroying the world without care, while the poor become ever poorer, hungrier, colder. A cowardly and corrupt Prime Minister hides away at the centre of it all, refusing to face his people, while the government passes ever more draconian laws, restricting freedoms in the name of protection, enforced by an increasingly brutal police force.

But despite that bleakness, The Shadow Order is a story about hope and the possibility of change. it's about listening to what is within us, and listening to the wide, wild world around us, and making ourselves heard. It is about the power of friendship and self-sacrifice, about taking risks, breaking the rules and doing what you can to make things right.

I really enjoyed it, and I'm hoping we'll get a chance to find out more about this curious world and the strange devices within it.


The Shadow Order by Rebecca F. John is published on 15 September 2022 by Firefly Press.

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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